Monday, May 20, 2013

HICKORY HOLLOW BECOMES ‘GLOBAL MALL’
What was once Hickory Hollow Mall in Antioch has a new name-- and new business. They held their grand opening this weekend as “Global Mall at The Crossings" and more than 5 thousand people showed up just on Saturday. Mall owners have reportedly signed more than 60-leases for the space, and are expecting a new store to open each week this summer at the formerly empty location. The first floor would be a traditional shopping mall-- the second floor would represent different countries of the world. Mall owners want to have an African section, as well as an Asian, Latin American, Caribbean, European and Middle Eastern Sections.

TORNADOES
Admittedly, we did have funky weather this weekend: hot, muggy, stormy, but in other parts of the country, they had a lot worse: one man was killed yesterday when a tornado hit near Oklahoma City, and a tornado in Missouri blasted through two counties. The tornadoes Sunday in Iowa, Kansas and Oklahoma were part of a storm system that stretched from Texas to Minnesota. Oklahoma's governor has declared a state of emergency in 16 counties across the state. The powerful system spawned baseball-sized hail, and winds strong enough to flip over tractor trailers, littering them across a major interstate. See video of tornadoes and the aftermath HERE.

CLEANUP, INVESTIGATION CONTINUES AFTER TRAIN DERAILMENT
They're still cleaning up and trying to figure out what caused a major train derailment Friday night in Connecticut. More than 60 people were hurt. Investigators found a break in a section of rail on one of the tracks, but they're not sure whether the accident caused the break, or the break caused the accident.

GAS PRICES UP
You may have noticed, or may notice at the pumps today, gas prices are back up. Yikes! When they climb, they go fast! Gas prices are up more than 11 cents in the past couple of weeks: 3.65 a gallon on average, reportedly because of trouble at oil refineries along the West Coast and in the Midwest. 

LOTTERY
Yes, somebody won the Powerball lottery this weekend. No, it wasn't here. Someone in Zephyrhills, Florida, near Tampa, won the 590 million... which would be a cash payout of 377 million ... before taxes.

IRS HEARINGS THIS WEEK
Lawmakers continue hearings this week on the scandal over the IRS targeting conservative groups. President Obama's top advisor says the administration will do everything possible to make sure it never happens again, and that the orders did NOT come from outside the IRS.

PREEMIES CAN BE HELPED WITH LIVE MUSIC
Recent studies and real life results are showing that soothing music, especially performed live in the hospital, may benefit preemies and other sick babies by helping them relax. And it helps parents bond with the babies.

BIG WINNERS AT BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS: TAYLOR SWIFT, JUSTIN BIEBER
Sunday night's Billboard Music Awards confirmed the fact that Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift are still two of the biggest stars in music. They each won numerous awards, including Top Male and Female Artist, and Taylor winning Artist of the year. Other winners included Carly Rae Jepsen for "Call Me Maybe," One Direction, Gotye, Maroon 5, fun, Prince got the Icon award, and Madonna won the Top Touring Artist award.

PRESIDENT AND FIRST LADY GIVE COMMENCEMENT SPEECHES
Over the weekend, President Obama gave the commencement speech at Morehouse College, telling students to think about what they can do to serve the community and defend the powerless. And first lady Michelle Obama gave the commencement speech at Martin Luther King Junior High School here in Nashville, encouraging the kids to be ready to make mistakes, and to find their passion, instead of living the life that's expected of them.  

VERMONT GOVERNOR SIGNING ASSISTED SUICIDE INTO LAW
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin is expected to sign into law today a bill that allows assisted suicide, for terminally ill patients, who have no more than six months to live. They'll be able to legally ask their doctors for a fatal dose of drugs. 

MUSIC CITY CENTER GRAND OPENING CONTINUES TODAY
The Music City Center Grand Opening continues today in downtown Nashville.... Sheryl Crow will headline a free street party and concert, and there'll also be performances from Vince Gill and the Fisk Jubilee Singers, and a big fireworks finale at 9.

STAR TREK
"Star Trek: Into Darkness" was the most watched movie this weekend.

400 DOLLAR STEAK AND SHAKE TIP
A waitress at a Steak ‘n Shake in Indianapolis just got the biggest tip of her life. She says she was having a hard time at one of her tables, and another customer, one of her regulars, gave her a HUGE tip to make her day better! On a 6 dollar tab she got a 446 dollar tip. She tried to turn it down, but the woman customer insisted. The waitress, who's a part-time college student, says she'll use it to pay bills.

COLLEGE STUDENT FAKES KIDNAPPING TO AVOID SHOWING FAILING GRADE TO PARENTS
A Georgia college student was so scared to tell his parents he had gotten an F in English that he faked his own kidnapping. He thought the relief at his recovery later would make them not be so upset. The 19 year old showed up 8 days later, after the weather turned cold and wet. He'd been camping in a tent nearby. He's charged with 9 felony counts. 

MOVIE REVIEWER 'A HERO' FOR SMASHING RUDE WOMAN'S CELLPHONE
And what do you think: did this guy go too far?  National Review writer Kevin Williamson has a lot of people cheering for him after he snatched a cellphone out of a rude woman's hand and threw it across the room, smashing it, during a live musical performance.
Williamson said he asked her twice to stop talking on the phone during the play.When she told him to mind his own business, he snatched the phone from the woman's hands and tossed it across the room. She slapped him and stormed off, talking about filing charges. Asked if the woman's phone was damaged, Williamson said, "It had to be; I threw it a pretty good distance."

ATM HEIST NETS 45 MILLION, MANY VICTIMS DIDN'T KNOW THEY'D BEEN HIT
A cyber bank robbery worked, for awhile. Highly skilled hackers penetrated bank systems, erased withdrawal limits on debit cards, then took out cash from those cards. 
They got 45 million dollars in a matter of hours, but got caught because the guys they hired to transport the cash were not too bright. One used a stolen card to book a flight, and had photos on his phone of himself with a huge pile of cash.

NETFLIX CHEATERS
In a study of 2000 American adults, 12 percent confessed to watching ahead on TV shows they were supposed to save to watch with their partners.  Most of them
watched at home on their main TV when the partner wasn’t around, the others watched in bed while their partner was asleep… and 41 percent of those who cheated , and watched episodes ahead of their mate, FAKED it, and acted surprised to see what happened when they actually did watch it together.  More men than women said they just couldn’t wait for a favorite show.